A tour around the island of Gran Canaria

If you’re still not sure what to see, eat and do on your break or holidays in Gran Canaria, allow us to make things easier for you with this short guide.

Three places of interest, various dining suggestions and a whole host of leisure options for your free time, are just what you need to feel like a real VIP:

LAS PALMAS

As the capital of the island of Gran Canaria, this city has over 600,000 inhabitants if you include its metropolitan centre. It’s full of major tourist attractions such as Canarias Cathedral, situated in the district of Vegueta, the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, the modernist Woermann Tower, the Pérez Galdós Theatre and the Cuyás Theatre.

If you’re interested in art and culture, don’t miss out on a visit to the Atlantic Centre of Modern Art (CAAM in Spanish), the Canarian Museum, the Christopher Colombus Museum, the Pérez Galdós Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Néstor Museum and the Elder Museum of Science and Technology.

As for its tourist resources, especially worth visiting is Playa de Las Canteras beach, with 4 kilometres of sand and considered one of the best urban beaches in the world. Four other beaches you mustn’t miss are San Cristóbal, La Laja, Las Alcaravaneras and El Confital.

The most important festival on the island is the Carnaval de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Carnival of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria), which attracts thousands of people each year from all over the world. Main attractions on its programme include the Gala de la Reina (Queen’s Gala) and the Gala Drag Queen (Drag Queen Gala).

MOGÁN

Puerto de Mogán with a black sand beach, is a seaside district which, thanks to its unique enclave and natural beauty, has become one of the most popular centres in the Canaries. Its recreational port is famous worldwide.

If you’re visiting this city’s old quarter, you’ll be amazed by Iglesia de San Antonio church built in 1814, which jealously guards pictures of San Antonio de Padua and the Immaculate Conception.

As for beaches in the area, the best include Playa de Amadores, Puerto Rico, Tauro, Patalavaca, Cura beach, Los Frailes, Medio Almud and Tiritaña.

SAN BARTOLOMÉ DE TIRAJANA

In the most touristy area of the island, situated in the south of Gran Canaria, with beaches and areas famous worldwide such as Playa del Inglés and the Dunas de Maspalomas (Maspalomas desert), etc.

Playa del Inglés-Maspalomas is the longest beach on the island and also the most popular and famous amongst foreign tourists, who are mainly German and British. It boasts the best range of leisure and dining options on the island.

If you’d like to enjoy cultural tourism, there are several must-see places such as Ermita de San Fernando de Maspalomas chapel, the Casa Condal (a colonial building which is the mayor’s seat) and the famous Faro de Maspalomas lighthouse, in black basalt next to an abstemious ancient colonial building.

CUISINE

Food lovers are in luck. Local fresh fish is to be found throughout the island such as grilled bonito, popular fish soups, limpet cooked with green mojo sauce, fish with aubergines, octopus, mussels, snails, scallops…

If you enjoy trying new flavours, you must sample the island’s traditional cuisine with dishes such as “papas arrugadas” (wrinkly potatoes) with mojo sauce, sancocho soup, goat and “ropa vieja” (shredded beef in tomato sauce), roast lamb and kid goat or hunting produce, especially rabbit in salmorejo.

For dessert, nothing beats “bienmesabe” made from ground almonds, “huevos mole” (Canarian egg dessert), papaya liqueur with orange, mangos or custard apples, which are the fruits grown in the area.

I’m sure you can’t resist cheese. If so, it would be a sin to leave without trying some of the island’s delicacies such as the famous Flor de Guía cheese.

ACTIVITIES

The prime location enjoyed by the Amadores Beach Apartments leaves us in a privileged position: having four major golf courses within the space of 20 kilometres.

The courses Salobre (12 km), Meloneras (18 km), Maspalomas (19 km) and Tauro (20 km) have magnificent facilities for enjoying your favourite sport.

Even closer to hand, less than 100 metres from the hotel, on Amadores beach itself, there is a Diving School where you make your way intp this exciting discipline.

There is also a spa and minigolf just 400 metres from our buildings, on the beach itself.

If you’re a lover of water sports such as surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing and canoeing, in the resort of Puerto Rico, less than 1 km from our complex, you’ll find a wide and varied range of activities to enjoy.